A bright, white smile: nothing looks more beautiful!
But to get the shiny white teeth is a challenge—coffee, tobacco, medicine and disease can all discolor your pearly whites.
Fortunately, it’s easy to both prevent and treat yellow teeth. And I’m not talking about chemical whitening, which often damages the teeth.
It turns out, there’s a proven tooth-whitening alternative that only uses ingredients you can find in your kitchen.
And the most important ingredient of them all is probably already in your spice rack!
What you need:
- Turmeric powder
- Coconut oil
- Peppermint oil
Start by mixing a teaspoon of turmeric, a teaspoon of coconut oil, and a few drops of peppermint together.
Dip your toothbrush in this homemade toothpaste and start brushing.
Your toothbrush will become a little yellow, but don’t worry. It’s a small price to pay for much healthier teeth.
Brush your teeth with this natural toothpaste a few times and you’ll notice the results: white teeth.
“You may notice an immediate difference with the first application, you may not. But if you’ll do it consistently for a few days to a week, I think you’ll be surprised by how much of a difference it makes,” writes blogger Heather, who is a big fan of this homemade toothpaste.
How does it work?
Turmeric belongs to the ginger family and has been used for centuries in India, especially for its health-promoting effects.
The plant is an anti-inflammatory and can relieve swelling in the mouth and teeth. Turmeric also promotes blood circulation in the gums, which contributes to good dental hygiene and protects against gum inflammation.
It may sound strange that something so yellow can make teeth whiter, but the high concentration of dye in turmeric gives teeth a more even color and decreases discoloration.
Coconut oil contains high levels of lauric acid, which is the main source of coconut oil’s many health properties.
The oil acts as a real tooth decay killer, since it helps neutralize the bacteria in oral cavities. Coconut oil also makes it difficult for plaque to attach to tooth enamel.
Peppermint oil also has an antibacterial effect, and it gives this homemade toothpaste a lovely and fresh taste.
The plant has been used in Japanese culture since ancient times, and it contains large amounts of menthol, which is an anstiseptic and reduces inflammation.
Sometimes it’s better to make things from scratch—because who can honestly say what all of those ingredients are in regular toothpaste these days?
And it doesn’t hurt to try something new! Please share this trick on Facebook if you want to help your friends to get whiter teeth!